First lady to Michael Sam: 'We couldn't be prouder of your courage'
FEB 10, 2014 12:01p ET
But its not just athletes and sporting figures who are weighing in. Early Monday morning, Sam got an encouraging tweet from the White House, courtesy of first lady Michelle Obama:
It's not the first time an Obama family member has voiced support for a gay athlete. Last year, when NBA veteran Jason Collins announced he was gay, President Obama himself addressed the issue in remarks during a news conference, calling Collins a role model.
"I had a chance to talk to (Collins) ... he seems like a terrific young man. I told him I couldn't be prouder of him," the president said:
Collins, too, tweeted supportive words for Sam: